Neymar
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Neymar was hardly an unknown quantity before 2013, having earned a reputation for creativity and unpredictability since bursting on to the scene as a teenager at Santos. This year has nevertheless seen the Brazilian starlet join the global elite, his elevation coming on the back of a stunning display at the FIFA Confederations Cup, where he won the adidas Golden Ball in helping the hosts land the title. Neymar's sparkling early months at his new club Barcelona has merely confirmed that the hype surrounding him in his rapid ascent was entirely justified.